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Review: 'Firestarter' is a fierce look at the dance company's rich and complex history

Natalie Salvo, 7 July, 2021

If you want an example of the transportive power of dance then you need to look no further than Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra. This documentary packs a lot into its slender 96-minute run time, by tracing the origins of this First Nations dance troupe. This film draws together many facets and stories including the overarching social and political contexts to form a visceral and transformative visual feast.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is a Sydney-based company whose beginnings are traced back to the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) and the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre.The filmmakers, Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Nel Minchin (Matilda & Me) take us back to the origins of the dance company. Read full review here

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